Plants for breathing: medicinal garden tour

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Coinciding with the exhibition 'Catch your breath' at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), join a tour of the medicinal garden led by experts to explore and learn about plants and their properties that have been used throughout history to aid breathing and alleviate symptoms of breathlessness.

Free and open to all. Pre-booking is advised.

Catch your breath

Free temporary exhibition open 2 April – 20 September 2019

Drawing on art, philosophy, anthropology, medical history and literature, this new exhibition combines research from the Life of Breath project with artist commissions and objects from the RCP collections and beyond, to show that breathing is so much more than a bodily function.

From a baby’s first cries to a dying gasp, breath is an ever-present companion on the journey through life. Breathing isn’t just a biological process; it enables us to communicate, to speak, to create music. It can have deep cultural and spiritual meaning. It can be a marker of both health and illness.

Catch your breath reflects on the ways people experience breath and breathlessness and how doctors have diagnosed and treated the diseases which cause the symptom. Working with artists, patients and doctors, we hope to raise awareness of breathlessness and to tackle the stigma that surrounds it.

This is a collaborative exhibition developed in partnership with Culture Durham, the Palace Green Library, the Life of Breath Project and University of Bristol. The Life of Breath project is supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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RCP Medicinal Garden


The Royal College of Physicians' garden contains over 1,100 plants, all with links to medicine. The myriad stories they tell come from diverse cultures, different countries and from every age in recorded history.

The garden has been beautifully designed and is a wonderfully calm space in the centre of London. The real joy of the garden is in its unique and bespoke collections of plants that offer living examples of the history of medicine from the era of the pyramids of Egypt to today’s life-saving prescription drugs.

Accessibility

The RCP is fully wheelchair accessible. Lifts and ramps are available in the building and medicinal garden. There is a glass lift in the main foyer, please ask reception staff if you require assistance.

Public seating is available on all floors of the building and in the garden and folding stools in the Treasures room on the LG floor and 1st floor gallery by the exhibition. Assistance dogs are welcome

Our temporary exhibitions are accompanied by large caption texts found in the exhibition space. Full accessibility information can be found on the RCP main website.

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  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cloakroom

Please note the RCP does not have a public café.

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  • A photographer may cover this event and the images may be used to publicise future RCP events on our website and/or social media. If you do not wish to be photographed please notify a member of staff. If following the event you wish not to be in any photographic documentation, please send us a link to the online image in question to history@rcplondon.ac.uk
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  • The RCP reserves the right to refuse admission to any ticket holder.

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